Kimberley training campuses open doors

07/10/2014 - 13:39

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Two training facilities in the Kimberley will officially open this week after Training and Workforce Development Minister Kim Hames announced the completion of a $9.9 million redevelopment today.

Training and Workforce Development Minister Kim Hames. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Two training facilities in the Kimberley will officially open this week after Training and Workforce Development Minister Kim Hames announced the completion of a $9.9 million redevelopment today

Mr Hames said the new Kimberley Training Institute’s workshops at Derby and Halls Creek would allow more regionally based apprentices to train locally.

“These modern, industry standard facilities are designed to meet the growing need for trades-based training in the region and will ensure potential employers have access to a highly trained local workforce,” Dr Hames said.

He said the $6.8 million Derby campus would cater for an additional 120 students, and included two new multi-purpose classrooms, a conference room, student amenities and outdoor learning areas.

“It also provides additional capability for metal, construction and automotive trades, and extra capacity to deliver training in some higher level courses,” Dr Hames said.

About $3 million was injected into the Halls Creek campus, with upgrades to the existing infrastructure and the addition of a new automotive workshop.

“Automotive training, especially small engines and basic mechanical, has proven to be particularly effective in engaging Aboriginal students, teaching practical skills and preparing them for long-term employment options,” Dr Hames said.

Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the redevelopment was supported by a $9 million funding package through the Royalties for Regions program.

“The Royalties for Regions skills training initiative is improving access to trade training and addressing a skills shortage in regional Western Australia,” he said.

“With additional space and resources, improvements to the Kimberley institute’s Derby and Halls Creek campuses will provide an opportunity to engage more people in training and work readiness programs, and provide more employment opportunities for the local community into the future.”

 

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